Peyronie’s disease (fibroplastic penile induration) – a disorder involving the formation of calcified plaques in the tunica albuginea of the cavernous bodies of the penis. The disease leads to painful, curved erections, erectile dysfunction. The difficulty or impossibility of having sexual intercourse may cause long-lasting disturbance of the psychosexual state of a man.
In the following materials you will find information about the methods and purposes of non-surgical treatment of Peyronie’s disease, about the importance of physiotherapy in treatment and postsurgical care of patients with fibroplastic penile induration, as well as about the advantages of the physiotherapy complex “AndroSPOK” over simple vacuum devices and extenders.
Peyronie’s disease is more common among men over the age of 40; the abnormality is uncommon in young men. According to the National Institute of Health in the USA, fibroplastic penile induration occurs in 3 — 9% of men.
The disorder becomes more common with aging. As the quality of life improves and life expectancy increases, the number of elderly people in the population becomes significantly increased. Consequently, the number of people with fibroplastic penile induration is also increasing. According to the data from autopsies (post-mortem examination), this condition is found in 25% of cases.
Fibrous plaques are usually formed under the skin of the penis, on the upper or lower part. When penis is erect, an inelastic scar plaque does not let affected areas of the penile tunica albuginea stretch, thereby causing curvature and deformation of the penis. Such changes lead to painful erections (pain syndrome is found in 70% of patients), curved erections, low penile rigidity (stiffness), which leads to sexual frustration and deep psychological trauma. In 80% of cases, the disorder leads to erectile dysfunction (potency disorders).
Conservative treatment is aimed at:
— reducing the inflammatory process;
— maximum preservation of the tunica albuginea;
— reducing the degree of symptom intensity (elimination of pain syndrome, reduction of erectile deformity, potency recovery).
Non-surgical treatment includes:
— oral treatment (taking pills);
— local drug administration (verapamil, interferon, etc.);
— local treatment.
A reasonable approach to conservative treatment always involves a combination of these methods!
In turn, local treatment may include:
— drug applications;
— electrophoresis (ionophoresis);
— extracorporeal shock-wave therapy;
— radiation (x-ray) therapy;
— stretching devices (extenders);
— laser and magnetic exposure;
— vacuum devices.
Physiotherapeutic complex “AndroSPOK” is intended for local treatment of Peyronie’s disease. The device provides simultaneous exposure to low-frequency pulsed magnetic field, polarized visible and infrared optical radiation (close in properties to the laser) and vacuum (local decompression).
The effect of physiotherapeutic device “AndroSPOK” in the treatment of Peyronie’s disease:
— resorbing effect on the plaque;
— mechanical traction effect directly on the plaque (it`s stretching);
— analgesic effect;
— pronounced anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effect;
— microcirculation and regional blood circulation activation by changing the vascular endothelium functional status, improving the rheology (viscosity indicators) of blood and increasing the level of trophic tissue supply (cell nutrition) and intracellular regeneration;
— cellular metabolism activation and cellular functional activity increase;
— reflexogenic effect (changes in organ functions as a result of direct exposure to sensory nerve endings) on the functional activity of the genitourinary system;
— training of cavernous bodies with the help of cyclic change of blood filling.